November 28, 2017

Dear Friends:

The burning question of the week seems to be why I have finally relented and opened a Facebook account. (Some of you will remember when I resisted email too!) Let me answer in several ways. The first is that Ben Wachstein, our executive director, framed th...

November 24, 2017

Dear Friends:

I have always said that my theology is one of thanks giving. Truly, I think that’s what our tradition intends for us. We are not among those whose theology is to provide a path to an afterlife. Our theology asks for things, but on a global level to benefit...

November 10, 2017

Dear Friends:

I am very proud that 4 of our current congregants entered into the political fray that played out on Election Day on Tuesday. Doing so, regardless of party affiliation, subjects one to attacks and scrutiny. As I have often shared, politics is just one way...

November 2, 2017

Dear Friends:

Jump ahead a week with me. In the Torah, in the portion called Chayyei Sarah, the Life of Sarah, we actually learn of her death. Bookending that, at the end of the portion, we are told of the death of Abraham. In a few weeks, when we get to the end of Sefe...

October 27, 2017

Dear Friends:

I hope to see you tonight and throughout the weekend as we learn about Yiddish culture and language with Max Edwards. (If you didn’t see this last weekend, take a look to learn more:

October 20, 2017

Dear Friends:

The Rabbis teach us that even the laws of Shabbat can be set aside in order to save a life. I need to ask you to do exactly that right now, in a very literal way. Without a dramatic or poetic build-up, we have 2 congregants right now who are in need of kid...

October 13, 2017

Dear Friends:

In the late 18th, early 19th century, there was a Chasidic rabbi, known as Reb Nachman. He founded a Chasidic dynasty in the area around the city of Breslov. All these years later, he is still much beloved, not only among his chasidim (disciples), but by J...

October 6, 2017

Dear Friends:

Think about all the things about which we say, “When I have the time.” It might be exercise, making the phone call you’ve been putting off, visiting Israel, or pursuing our own Jewish learning. Pirkei Avot wisely tells us you may never have the time if you...

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